Two new Community Recycling Centres for household problem wastes are now open to residents in Grafton and Maclean following a combined grant of $87,187 to North East Waste from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
"These new centres in Grafton and Maclean are part of a network of 86 centres being built across NSW with funding awarded by the Environmental Trust in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA),” he said.
“There are now three CRCs open to residents in the Clarence and Richmond valleys following the launch of the Casino facility earlier this month.
“These recycling facilities are a great asset for residents who will be able to freely dispose of household problem waste that should not go in any of the kerbside bins.
“Open seven days the CRCs will complement the existing Chemical CleanOut events to ensure that these wastes are kept out of landfill where they may harm the environment and will help to minimise waste and boost recycling.
“The NSW Government is committed to increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill and I congratulate North East Waste on achieving these grants for the Clarence electorate,” Mr Gulaptis said.
CRC Project Officer for North East Waste, Karen Rudkin said the Grafton and Maclean centres were two of eight across the region they have secured funding for.
“In combination with our Hazardous Waste Stores they will provide residents of the region with a free, safe and environmentally sound way of disposing of wastes that may otherwise have entered the environment and impacted on natural systems and human health,” she said.
Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said Clarence residents were great recyclers and recently reached a recycling milestone by diverting 65 per cent of resources from landfill.
“Our new community recycling centres will enable even greater resource recovery through the collection of what was once problem waste including gas bottles, batteries, smoke detectors and paint,” he said.
“I encourage all residents to take advantage of this free recycling service and continue sending less to landfill.”